Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 99

We rushed home a day early from Michigan because we were tired of being without him and wanted to see him.  His happy face as the kids greeted him at the door was well worth the surprise, even if he doesn’t like surprises.  I am happier with him, I am a better mother when we are together, more relaxed, nicer, more patient.  In two weeks the kids and I will be heading out again for a week without him.  While I am really looking forward to seeing my sister and her family, I’m not excited about a week without our Papi.  He is the Coke of our family.  Things go better with Papi.

What We Need is Here
Wendell Berry

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here.  And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear.  What we need is here







*NOTE: if you would like to see pictures of our time in Michigan and all the fun we had there, just pop on over to my Mom’s place and check us out!

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Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 99

We rushed home a day early from Michigan because we were tired of being without him and wanted to see him.  His happy face as the kids greeted him at the door was well worth the surprise, even if he doesn’t like surprises.  I am happier with him, I am a better mother when we are together, more relaxed, nicer, more patient.  In two weeks the kids and I will be heading out again for a week without him.  While I am really looking forward to seeing my sister and her family, I’m not excited about a week without our Papi.  He is the Coke of our family.  Things go better with Papi.

What We Need is Here
Wendell Berry

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here.  And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear.  What we need is here







*NOTE: if you would like to see pictures of our time in Michigan and all the fun we had there, just pop on over to my Mom’s place and check us out!

>Aaaah, Spring!

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With spring comes mulching. We enjoy mulching. Lots of hard work.
Work, work, work.
Hey you, little kid! Get to work!
Here’s your shovel, I’ll grab my rake.
Good job, Papi. Keep on working!
And shovel! And work! And spread the mulch!
And repeat!

Shovel! Work! Dig! Mulch! Work!

Shovel! Dig! Wor….
Hey! You!
Get to work!
…..And pull your pants up!

>Butterflies!

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In an effort to move spring along, Papi and kids made butterflies for the dining room. We have a wonderful craft book from Aunt Annie with all kinds of cool ideas.
The is Elia, the Angry Butterfly.

Josie, the Grounded Butterfly.

Papi, the Unibrow Butterfly.

See? Just like the pictures…

>Happy Birthday

>Papi had a birthday! We had a very exciting day of food, naps and a little work around the house. We went all out for the festive occasion. The girls made cards and gifts…

The best gift was a lovely twist-tie earring – only one, so you can decide what ear you want to wear it in – as modeled here by the Papi. He loves this picture. And I think he’s gonna wear the earring to work. Maybe.


Happy birthday from all your enanos.

>Bang-ing

>Papi was working on some trim and things in the kitchen and took out the dishwasher to get into a small space. The Mikey was a very big helper with the hammering. Or as he calls it Bang-Ing!


We are big believers in safety. Nothing but the best work boots, safety goggles and gloves for our little workers…

>How to Cut Mikey’s Hair in 6 Easy Steps

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So it was Saturday night and we didn’t have anything going on, so we thought… let’s give Mikey a haircut! With clippers! That would be lots and lots of fun!
One: we stand you up on the toilet. Are you sure that’s smart, Mami? Of course it is! What could go wrong? A toddler standing on the toilet and Mami holding clippers and trying to keep him still, that will be great!

Two: Push too hard on the Mikey’s head with the clippers, knocking him off the toilet, into the tub. There are no pictures of that part, since Papi put the camera down to help us. Very nice of him.
Three: Cry, cry, cry and cry some more.

Four: Pout, glare angrily at Mama. Makes for a good time. Remember to scream at girls, out!out! out of the bathroom! Can’t you see we’re cutting Mikey’s hair?!!

Five : Would candy help? Yes? Why didn’t we do that sooner? Say, before I knocked you down? Note: when you drop the clippers and break the guard, remember to put a new guard on before trying to resume the haircut.

Six: Show off your handywork. See? Not such a bad haircut! This is Papi asking me if I can give him one of those cool sideburn fades. All the kids are wearing them.

Handsome Mikeys.